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Author Robert Whitaker back in Eugene, questioning mental health industry

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Robert Whitaker, author of the book Anatomy of an Epidemic, which is shaking up the mental health industry, is returning to Eugene to a forum by MindFreedom International, co-sponsored by University of Oregon law School.

  • Forum
When Feb 13, 2011
from 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where University of Oregon Law School, Eugene, Oregon
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541-345-9106
Attendees All welcome.
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Hearts and Minds United - Revolutionizing Mental Health Care!


MindFreedom International - 25th Anniversary




Award-winning journalist, author and mental health system critic


Author of "Mad in America" and "Anatomy of an Epidemic"


Co-sponsored by University of Oregon School of Law




Sunday 13 February 2011


Mad Pie Auction & Networking -- 3:30 pm


Robert Whitaker 4:00 pm


Reception with Cake - 5:00 pm




University of Oregon School of Law

1515 Agate Street, Room 175

Eugene, Oregon


Sliding scale: $1 to $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)


Contact: David Oaks at ph: (541) 345-9106



FEATURING: Live music with World Classical Guitar, David Rogers. For more info about David's fine work see his web site here.









As a part of International's 25th Anniversary, MindFreedom International, in conjunction with the University of Oregon School of Law, is proud to host nationally acclaimed writer, Robert Whitaker, author of 'Mad in America' and 'Anatomy of an Epidemic.'


Bob tells us what the research really has to say about the best mental health treatment options for individuals who have been labeled with severe mental health disorders.


Award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker asks tough questions:


Why has the number of people diagnosed disabled by a psychiatric disorder in the United States tripled over the past two decades?


Whitaker asks:


"During the past fifty years, when investigators looked at how psychiatric drugs affected long-term outcomes, what did they find? Did they discover that the drugs help people stay well? Function better? Enjoy good physical health? Or did they find that these medications, for some paradoxical reason, increase the likelihood that people will become chronically ill, less able to function well, more prone to physical illness?"


Whitaker also tells the personal stories of children and adults swept up in this epidemic.


Finally, he reports on innovative programs of psychiatric care in Europe and the United States that are producing good long-term outcomes.


If you missed his last appearance in Eugene, take this valuable opportunity to meet him in person and hear what his years of methodical investigation into the mental health industry tells us about where we need to go from here.


Robert Whitaker lives in Massachusetts, and his web site is


Also appearing will be Oryx Cohen from Massachusetts, who directs the federally-funded National Empowerment Center Technical Assistance Center, providing information about empowering alternatives to mental health consumers.


David Rogers will supply music with his World Classical Guitar. 


Sarah Smith, MFI development director, has rounded up some yummy pie, prizes, Sweetheart Gift Basket and more for a raffle and auction!



*All proceeds cover the cost of this event and other educational events hosted by MindFreedom International


For 25 years, MindFreedom International has been a voice for consumers of mental health services and psychiatric survivors.


To find out more about MFI's 25th Anniversary or to be a volunteer on our 25th Anniversary Committee, contact Sarah Smith at:


This event is presented by MindFreedom International --


co-sponsored by the University of Oregon School of Law --




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